Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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erbaut und aufgerichtet sein und heissen es Tugend;
und Andre wollen umgeworfen sein - und heissen es auch Tugend.

Und derart glauben fast Alle daran, Antheil zu haben an der Tugend;
und zum Mindesten will ein jeder Kenner sein über "gut" und "böse".

Aber nicht dazu kam Zarathustra, allen diesen Lügnern und Narren zu
sagen: "was wisst _ihr_ von Tugend! Was _könntet_ ihr von Tugend
wissen!" -

Sondern, dass ihr, meine Freunde, der alten Worte müde würdet, welche
ihr von den Narren und Lügnern gelernt habt:

Müde würdet der Worte "Lohn," "Vergeltung," "Strafe," "Rache in der
Gerechtigkeit" -

Müde würdet zu sagen: "dass eine Handlung gut ist, das macht, sie ist
selbstlos."

Ach, meine Freunde! Dass _euer_ Selbst in der Handlung sei, wie die
Mutter im Kinde ist: das sei mir _euer_ Wort von Tugend!

Wahrlich, ich nahm euch wohl hundert Worte und eurer Tugend liebste
Spielwerke; und nun zürnt ihr mir, wie Kinder zürnen.

Sie spielten am Meere, - da kam die Welle und riss ihnen ihr Spielwerk
in die Tiefe: nun weinen sie.

Aber die selbe Welle soll ihnen neue Spielwerke bringen und neue bunte
Muscheln vor sie hin ausschütten!

So werden sie getröstet sein; und gleich ihnen sollt auch ihr, meine
Freunde, eure Tröstungen haben - und neue bunte Muscheln! -

Also sprach Zarathustra.



Vom Gesindel

Das Leben ist ein Born der Lust; aber wo das Gesindel mit trinkt, da
sind alle Brunnen vergiftet.

Allem Reinlichen bin ich hold; aber ich mag die grinsenden Mäuler
nicht sehn und den Durst der Unreinen.

Sie warfen ihr Auge hinab in den Brunnen: nun glänzt mir ihr widriges
Lächeln herauf aus dem Brunnen.

Das heilige Wasser haben sie vergiftet mit ihrer Lüsternheit; und als
sie ihre schmutzigen Träume Lust nannten, vergifteten sie auch noch
die Worte.

Unwillig wird die Flamme, wenn sie ihre feuchten Herzen an's Feuer
legen; der Geist selber brodelt und raucht, wo das Gesindel an's Feuer
tritt.

Süsslich und übermürbe wird in ihrer Hand die Frucht: windfällig und
wipfeldürr macht ihr Blick den Fruchtbaum.

Und Mancher, der sich vom Leben abkehrte, kehrte sich nur vom Gesindel
ab: er wollte nicht Brunnen und Flamme und Frucht mit dem Gesindel
theilen.

Und Mancher, der in die Wüste gieng und mit Raubthieren Durst litt,
wollte nur nicht mit schmutzigen Kameeltreibern um die Cisterne
sitzen.

Und Mancher, der wie ein Vernichter daher kam und wie ein Hagelschlag
allen Fruchtfeldern, wollte nur seinen Fuss dem Gesindel in den Rachen
setzen und also seinen Schlund stopfen.

Und nicht das ist der Bissen, an dem ich am meisten würgte, zu
wissen, dass das Leben selber Feindschaft nöthig hat und Sterben und
Marterkreuze: -

Sondern ich fragte einst und erstickte fast an meiner Frage: wie? hat
das

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